The Teen Years: Fascinating photographs that explore six decades of adolescence

Ever wondered how teenagers have changed over the past six decades? The clothes they wear? The cars they drive? The people they hang out with? You're in luck. The Teen Years is a new exhibition at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in San Diego, California, featuring a selection of both vintage and contemporary photographs that address the physical, social, and emotional aspects of adolescence, and the formation of identity.

The images – which go back to the early 1960s – present a collective portrait of youth: its awkwardness, innocence, fury, elation, beauty and trepidation. Photographers include Joseph Sterling, Edward Sturr, Enrico Natali, Elaine Mayes, Bevan Davies, Nacio Jan Brown, Melissa Shook, Harry Ibach, Duncan McCosker, Christine Osinski, Joan Albert, Sage Sohier, Mark Steinmetz, John Myers, Andrea Modica, Bill Yates, Roger Vail and others.

On show until 26 August 2016. More information can be found at www.josephbellows.com – La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037.

Via Joseph Bellows | All images courtesy of the gallery and respective owners. Main image: Edward Sturr, Coney Island 1963

Christine Osinski Two Girls with Big Wheels 1983-84

Christine Osinski Two Girls with Big Wheels 1983-84

Mark Steinmetz Jessica, Athens, GA 1997

Mark Steinmetz Jessica, Athens, GA 1997

Sage Sohier South Boston 1982

Sage Sohier South Boston 1982

Bill Yates untitled, from the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972-73

Bill Yates untitled, from the Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972-73

Enrico Natali High School Prom, Detroit 1968

Enrico Natali High School Prom, Detroit 1968

Linda Brooks David in his Room 1981

Linda Brooks David in his Room 1981

Duncan McCosker La Jolla Cove, CA 1993

Duncan McCosker La Jolla Cove, CA 1993

Bill Yates untitled, from The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972-73

Bill Yates untitled, from The Sweetheart Roller Skating Rink 1972-73

Edward Sturr Chicago 1965

Edward Sturr Chicago 1965

Joan Albert Martin, July 1980

Joan Albert Martin, July 1980

Joseph Sterling The Age of Adolescence 1959-64

Joseph Sterling The Age of Adolescence 1959-64

Mark Steinmetz Highway 441, Georgia/North Carolina State line 1997

Mark Steinmetz Highway 441, Georgia/North Carolina State line 1997

Duncan McCosker Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 1983

Duncan McCosker Waikiki Beach, Hawaii 1983

Andrea Modica Untitled, Modena, Italy 2010

Andrea Modica Untitled, Modena, Italy 2010

Michael Mulno untitled, from Young People 2010

Michael Mulno untitled, from Young People 2010

John Myers Juliette 1979

John Myers Juliette 1979

Nacio Jan Brown Berkeley, CA 1973

Nacio Jan Brown Berkeley, CA 1973

Elaine Mayes Rodney, 19, Haight Ashbury 1968

Elaine Mayes Rodney, 19, Haight Ashbury 1968

Roger Vail untitled, from Rod and Custom 1967-69

Roger Vail untitled, from Rod and Custom 1967-69

Andrea Modica untitled, Modena, Italy 2010

Andrea Modica untitled, Modena, Italy 2010